June 15, 2021



I recently went back and read through the first book I wrote way back in 1988, Ministry To Families With Teenagers. I had written these words: “Moral and faith development are influenced first and foremost by the family. Inevitably, those clumsy 12-year-olds in the middle school youth group blossom into mature adults who are strikingly like their parents.” I believed that then, and I believe it even more now. In recent years, sociologist Dr. Christian Smith has served to provide youth workers and parents with practical research-based suggestions that affirm this reality and which, when heeded, foster greater effectiveness in our parenting and youth ministries. And that’s what Christian Smith will be sharing as we talk to him about his new book, Handing Down The Faith, on this episode of Youth Culture Matters.

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Resources, links, or other helpful tools mentioned in the podcast:
Christian Smith, PhD
Keeping The Faith – Christian Smith Article in First Things magazine
National Study of Youth & Religion
Pray for Me Campaign
Pray for Me Grandparent Legacy Edition

Books mentioned or helpful to the conversation:
Handing Down the Faith: How Parents Pass Their Religion on to the Next Generation by Christian Smith and Amy Adamczyk
Soul Searching: The Religious and Spiritual Lives of American Teenagers
 by Christian Smith and Melinda Lundquist Denton
Souls in Transition: The Religious and Spiritual Lives of Emerging Adults
 by Christian Smith with Patricia Snell
Lost in Transition: The Dark Side of Emerging Adulthood
 by Christian Smith with Kari Christoffersen, Hilary Davidson, and Patricia Snell Herzog
Religious Parenting: Transmitting Faith and Values in Contemporary America
 by Christian Smith, Bridget Ritz & Michael Rotolo
More Books from Christian Smith
The Collapse of Parenting: How We Hurt Our Kids When We Treat Them Like Grown-Ups
 by Leonard Sax
The Coddling of the American Mind: How Good Intentions and Bad Ideas Are Setting Up A Generation for Failure
 by Greg Lukianoff and Jonathan Haidt